Pattern of the whole
Remember me?
Join us | Get your password | Vision | Topics | Home

Join us | Topics | Home | Collaborative Backbone | Quotes | Teilhard deChardin | Focalpoint | Shared Purpose | NCDD Transpartisan | Mapping | Circle | Pattern

All messages

Sender: Ben Levi
Subject: Transpartisan issue: Managing Climate Risks in the Southwest
Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Msg: 100901

One element of transpartisanship must be to encourage ³superordinate goals²? goals that many entities in conflict all want, but that no one entity can provide itself. I would point to one clear example happening as we speak? Climate Risks in the Southwest (including CA). EESI is having a briefing as we speak, and some of the solutions do encourage ³bipartisanship². But it¹s this kind of thing that we can use as a practice field for transpartisanship. Note that materials from this briefing will be available here . Best, Ben -- Ben Levi | 151 Wildcat Lane | Boulder, CO 80304 USA | Tel: 303-546-0679 | Skype: benleviboulder "The safest place in any crisis is always the hard truths." - Dr. Don Beck

Drier and Hotter: Managing Climate Risks in the Southwest

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11 AM - 12:30 PM 340 Cannon House Office Building Independence Avenue SE and 1st Street, SE Free and open to the public

A live webcast will be streamed at 11 am EDT, Wednesday, April 2, 2014 here (wireless connection permitting)

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining the current and projected impacts of climate change in the Southwest and regional efforts to manage these risks. The Southwest is already the driest and hottest region in the United States, and California is in the midst of a historic drought. The draft Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) - the final version is expected soon - projects that the region's climate may become even more severe. These changes are having substantial adverse effects on the regional economy and quality of life, forcing local leaders to develop creative solutions to combat drought and other extreme conditions. How can the Southwest best address current impacts while also building climate resiliency to manage risk and foster long-term prosperity?

Speakers for this forum are: * Eleanor Bastian, Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) * Patrick Gonzalez, Ph.D., Climate Change Scientist, U.S. National Park Service * Chris Treese, External Affairs Manager, Colorado River District * Margaret Bowman, Acting Environment Program Director, Walton Family Foundation * Louis Blumberg, Director, California Climate Change Program, The Nature Conservancy

The effects of climate change already are being felt in the Southwest, which the NCA defines as Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Snowpack levels have fallen over the past 50 years, limiting a key source of the region's water supply. From 2001-2010, the streamflow of the region's major rivers was 5-37 percent lower than the 20th century average. Prolonged droughts and insect infestations have made forest ecosystems more vulnerable to wildfires and disease. Rising sea levels have increased flooding and erosion in California's coastal areas.

Climate change is expected to disrupt the livelihoods of many in the Southwest. Today, 56 million Americans live in the region. By 2050, its population is projected to rise to 94 million, putting additional strain on water resources. Water scarcity threatens the region's irrigation-dependent agriculture sector, which accounts for 79 percent of regional water withdrawals. The Southwest is home to more than half of the nation's high-value specialty crops, such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Because these crops are particularly vulnerable to weather extremes, climate change will likely reduce yields.

Many state and local authorities in the Southwest are moving forward with climate adaptation initiatives. California released a draft revision of its adaptation strategy in December 2013. New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which gives the state the tools to administer scarce water resources in cases of drought, has been cited as a model for other states. Salt Lake City, Tucson and Flagstaff formed the Western Adaptation Alliance in 2010 to share resources and best practices to improve local resiliency. The Alliance has grown to include Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and others.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP .

Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.

For more information, contact John-Michael Cross at or (202) 662-1883. Environmental and Energy Study Institute Carol Werner, Executive Director

EESI is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.

CFC #10627 Environmental and Energy Study Institute | 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 300 | Washington | DC | 20036


To unsubscribe from the TRANSPARTISAN list: write to: mailto:TRANSPARTISAN-SIGNOFF-REQUEST@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG or click the following link:

Anger and partisan rage
Attention Economy
Basic principles for a Transpartisan movement
Collaborative problem solving
Common ground
Community conversations
Conscious business
Creating transpartisan consensus
Crisis of democracy
Dynamic Facilitation
Facilitated conversation/dialogue
For transpartisanism to be successful, people must transform their most basic beliefs
Holding the tension of our differences while working together with respect and an open heart
Integral democracy
Integral politics
Integral thinking
Internet support for dialog and action
Out of Many, One - E Pluribus Unum
Partisan bubbles
Partisan disfunction
Political revolution
Psychological overload
Public choice economics
Science and accurate thinking
Stratified Democracy
Teleology and cultural evolution
Transpartisan alliance on specific issue
Uninvolved citizen
Unity and diversity
Unprecedented new approaches
Us versus Them
Voter ignorance
Weave together a movement of many initiatives
What is "transpartisan"?
Wisdom Council
Wisdom in society
Work together to create an activist vision